The Third Warhammer Preview

Hey everybody,
Today has seen the third online preview from Games Workshop, these online previews taking place instead of the usual seminars that would have taken place at the various events and tournaments if we weren’t in these crazy times. The previous two such previews didn’t honestly excite me all that much, though in the intervening days since we saw all that stuff, I have come to realise that there are some really cool things in there.

This preview, however, has been pretty good, if I’m honest, and I’m fairly excited about a lot of this stuff!

To start with, we’ve got the new Giants for Age of Sigmar, the Sons of Behemat, which have been a name for a couple of months now, but we’ve finally seen the new kit in all its massive glory! I’m not about to rush out to start a Giants army, but the multi-part kit does look like a lot of fun. And huge. Very, very huge.

Looking forward to seeing these come out, and I’m intrigued as to whether any more is going to come out for the army…

Now, this next one is a bittersweet one. The “last expansion” for Blackstone Fortress, Ascension. It looks like the expansion is giving us Mummy and Daddy spindle drones, which do look really great! It’s just… the last expansion? It makes me quite sad.

I think that my one main hope is that this is merely the last expansion of this ’round’ of the game, and we’ll see effectively a new core set, or a set much like Escalation, which brought us new explorers as well as new enemies. Blackstone Fortress is a setting that is too good to leave – the possibility of having all manner of weird and wonderful denizens of the 40k universe.

Here’s hoping.

Keeping to the skirmish games, Warcry is getting a new warband, and it isn’t Chaos related. The Dark Elves are coming to the Eightpoints, and they look… cool! When I first saw these, I thought they looked a bit weird, as though there was some kind of spell-effect moulded onto the sculpted, but now I’m not so sure. At any rate, they look great in my opinion, and I’m hoping that we might see some more in the way of these kinds of bespoke warbands for the game, rather than the repurposed stuff that we saw for Nighthaunt and Stormcast.

There is a new team coming for Blood Bowl, and we’re getting another Horus Heresy character in the shape of none other than Saul Tarvitz. He doesn’t quite look as I’d imagined him, but even so, he does look good!

Finally, though – new Necrons!! We had rumours of Illuminor Szeras being a new model way back, but seeing the final rendition is actually really lovely. Sure, he’s a bit busy in the way that many other new models are, but I think it’s really cool to see us getting a new centerpiece kit, and even though I’ve not finished painting the finecast version, I think I’ll be picking this bad boy up as soon as possible!!

Also accompanying Szeras is a new Inquisitor model, which looks really quite wonderful! I’m always intrigued to see these things come out, because the Inquisition seems to be a forgotten faction. But yeah, we get a new Inquisitor model. Cool!

All in all, I’m quite chuffed with the models that we’ve seen here. Looking ahead, it seems as though this might be the way we get these previews for the foreseeable future…

Age of Sigmar – Daughters of Khaine

Hey everybody!
A couple of weeks ago now, I mentioned getting a bit intrigued by the upcoming Aelf release for Age of Sigmar that is centred around the return of Morathi to the Mortal Realms. Well, I couldn’t contain my excitement, and picked up a Blood Coven box that I promptly spent a Saturday afternoon building up as a Cauldron of Blood. What an impressive miniature, that is!

However, I’ve been casting about since, building and half-heartedly painting a number of different things, never really getting anywhere. So, as the Daughters of Khaine are the new hotness right now, I thought I’d spend some time going through the various Warhammer Community articles and reading up on these beautiful and impressive new miniatures! Well, why not, right?

Morathi Daughters of Khaine

So then.

The witch aelves of Morathi all serve the elvish god of battle, Khaine, though few are aware that the god did indeed die when the World That Was was destroyed. They are led by Morathi, who was instrumental in the capture of the Chaos god, Slaanesh. With the Dark Prince’s capture, the lost aelven souls were released, and Morathi was rewarded with terrible power, which she has used to re-make the witch aelves in new and interesting forms.

It all sounds rather magnificent, I have to say! I’m quite intrigued by the Slaanesh connection, for sure, but the subterfuge that emerges from Morathi’s story is particularly compelling. It’s also really awesome that she is a single character that comes with two models for two versions of herself – the only other character in Warhammer that I’m aware of with this sort of twin-aspect is Orikan the Diviner, the Necron Cryptek who can attempt to become Orikan Empowered, though with the same model. Not so for Morathi, who has her “regular” look as High Oracle of Khaine, and her demonic-snake look as The Shadow Queen:

And what a look it is, as well! She’s huge, if those Witch Aelves are anything to go by! She transforms from her regal form to that of the big snake if she has taken wounds, which is quite thematic as it shows her rage breaking through her sorcerous concentration. She is reportedly quite the beast in combat, though I think the High Oracle form is to be preferred for the command abilities she possesses. At any rate, it sounds fantastic as a mechanic, and the coolness factor of having a general with two such stunning models is really quite something!

While Morathi might be a stunning pair of models, she’s not the only new miniature coming out with this new release!

The Melusai are borne from the soul-essence released from Slaanesh (which makes me think that Slaanesh really has been finished now), twisted by aeons of hatred into mutant snake-like beings. Perhaps more than anything, it’s these that I love the most from the Daughters of Khaine for their ancient Greek look, something that is only enhanced by their rules of turning people into crystal statues. There’s definitely a gorgon vibe coming from this range, and I love it all!

They aren’t the only mutants, of course, as Scourges Khinerai also support the witch aelves on the battlefield, their wings giving them a deepstrike ability that just makes the unit feel like Dark Eldar (but with fewer clothes on).

I’m really liking the look of these new aelves, and I think this is just the faction that I’ve been waiting for to get me back into Age of Sigmar. Curiously, I’ve been feeling a bit lost when looking at the warscrolls and such, as despite having played this game back in the day, it feels like an entirely different beast these days. Maybe I’ve just had my head in the 41st millennium for too long, but it does feel like it has changed a lot in the last few months/years.

Anyway, I’ve got a couple of things on order for these zealots now, so I suppose it’s time I continued building up those witch aelves from the Blood Coven box!!